There was once a time when the name of Kevin Mirallas seemed to be one of the first on Roberto Martinez’s team-sheet. That is no longer the case as the Belgium struggles to make an impression for the Toffees. This must be something that is playing on the mind on the player, as he needs to be playing on regular basis if he’s going to be a part of his countries squad for this summers European Championships.
Mirallas has been at Goodison Park since the start of 2012/13 season after joining them from Greek side Olympiacos for a fee believed to around £6 million. His first two appearances came from the bench but from then on, was an ever-present in the starting line-up for Everton, with only injury keeping him out of the team. This trend continued in the 2013/14 season as he was in The Toffees’ match-day squad in the Premier League on 35 occasions and made 28 starts and came off the bench a further four times.
Last campaign, we started to see a change in the way Mirallas was being used by Martinez. He still made 29 appearances in the Premier League but the number of his appearances as a substitute were greater than the previous two seasons combined. Even more notably, the majority of these appearances from the bench came in the latter part of Everton’s season. He started The Blues’ first game of the season against Watford this season but since then hasn’t made the starting line-up in the Premier League, emerging instead from the side-lines on seven occasions.
One of the reasons for Mirallas’ restricted role in the Everton team this season is the emergence of Gérard Deulofeu. The Spaniard is finally showing the performances you expect from a youngster that came through the Barcelona academy. Deulofeu had a loan spell at Goodison Park in 2013/14 season but struggled to a genuine impression as made 25 appearances in the Premier League but the majority of them came from the bench. Everton decided to sign the Spanish under-21 this summer for a fee believed to be around £4 million but Barcelona are rumoured to have inserted several clauses in the deal so they can take him back to the Camp Nou if they wish.
This article is for The Boot Room Read the full article here